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Day in the Life: Yen Reis, Founder of Skin Laundry

By  April 07, 2015

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Yen Reis, like the rest of us, feared lasers getting anywhere near her face, but all of that changed after the birth of her third child. She developed hormonal acne and searched for solutions with lasers, peels, and more before discovering the benefits of a gentler treatment using a YAG laser (yttrium-aluminum-garnet). She found that with regular treatments, she could keep the blemishes at bay and skip makeup entirely. Skin Laundry was born after combining that technology with an IPL light to clean deep and smooth pores for a flawless finish in just 10 minutes! Glam caught up with the fearless founder as she wrangles her little ones for school while plotting out the next big launch for her budding beauty empire:

6:30 a.m.: It’s dark outside…time to wake up boys for breakfast and school. I must have coffee whilst I scan emails and text messages.
7:00 a.m.: Chaos! Uniform, lunch boxes, bags, homework, brush teeth, shoes!
7:30 a.m.: In the car, driving the boys to school. Good chance to have a little family conversation about school and after school activities.
8:00 a.m.: I rush into Hot8 Yoga for the hot barre class.
9:00 a.m.: Feeling sweaty but great. I shower and dress for the day.
9:15 a.m.: Check in at Skin Laundry on Montana to say hi to the staff and sneak in a SL treatment.

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10:00 a.m.: At the corporate office. Meetings start with our whole corporate team, where we share updates of anything and everything that is involved in Skin Laundry. Today we are excited that our gentle cleanser and oil cleanser were voted best cleansers on Vogue.com! We discuss operations, marketing, PR, products, distribution, budgets, staffing, current roll out plans…etc.

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12:30 p.m. Lunch Break. Swing down to Sawtelle and grab some ramen. Yum.
1:00 p.m. Back to more focused meetings. Today, we discuss the launch of our new facial wipes and finalize both online and in-store marketing strategy.
2:30 p.m.: Run to school to pick up boys, carpool, and get on conference calls in car.
3:00 p.m.: Happy to see my boys =)
3:30 p.m. Drive home, where the boys have a snack. I jump on my laptop and catch up on some emails.

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5:30 p.m.: Sit down with boys while they have dinner, and then it’s homework time. This is always fun and one of my favorites parts of the day as I get to work between my two youngest boys. One to my left and one to my right.
7:00 p.m.: Dinner with my husband. We spend this time to catch up, eat and enjoy a nice, big glass of wine!
8:00 p.m.: Boys bathe, read a story, and go to bed.

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8:30 p.m. Peace and quiet. Curl up on couch with my hubby and check my email one last time before bed. I also try to plan my to-do list for the next day so I can stay organized and on task.
10:00 p.m.: Time for bed. I need at least 8 hours of sleep!

Dove Wants You to #ChooseBeautiful

By  April 07, 2015

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Feeling beautiful seems like an impossible thing to achieve at times. In fact, a recent study found that 96% of women wouldn’t even choose the word to describe how they look. But Dove believes it’s truly mind over matter, as its newest film puts the choice in hands of women themselves.

Choose Beautiful features women in five countries around the world posed at two sets of doors, one marked “Average” and the other marked “Beautiful.” One woman said, “It was a bit confronting, actually, to see these big signs and feeling like you had to choose and be self conscious of how you perceive yourself, and perhaps if it lines up with how the world perceives you.”

While decisions were split, the short film shows the women struggle to pick, and there are many who ultimately select the average door and regret their choice. “I walked into that door that said average, and I didn’t really feel good after that because, obviously, I had rated myself and nobody else,” another woman explained. “It was my choice, and now I will question myself for the next few weeks, maybe months.” Others who favored the beautiful door did so not just for themselves, but for other women they love. “I just wish more young women realized it,” one mom concluded.

To inspire other women to choose beautiful, the brand linked up with the Women in the World Summit, which brings together extraordinary female leaders and advocates discussing emerging women’s issues. They began a conversation called “The Beautiful Brain,” which focuses on beauty and choice; a host of influencers across a variety of disciplines are contributing to it. “Women in the World is about real women being real role models and so is Dove in its innovative campaigns,” said Tina Brown, Founder and CEO of Women in the World. “We are delighted to be joining forces with them to help women and girls redefine the notion of beauty as an attribute of confidence, character and how you live your life.”

Haven’t seen the clip? Check out the short film below:

Beauty Buzz: Mad Men Gets the Birchbox Treatments, Paul Rudd Spills In Skincare Secret, and Fragrance Foundation 2015 Finalists Unveiled

By  April 06, 2015

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It’s the beginning of the end on Mad Men, and yes we’re still reeling from the elevator scene from Sunday night’s new episode. Though the show is coming to a close, you’ll still be able to channel your inner Joan, Peggy, or Betty thanks to Birchbox. The limited edition beauty boxes will have a New York box channeling the “sleek professionalism of Madison Avenue” and a California edition that taps into the “effortlessly chic vibe of 1960s Hollywood.” Collectors items, anyone? [People]

Paul Rudd, like Pharrell, has not changed much since he first stole Cher Horowitz’s (and our) heart in Clueless. As he turns 46 today we discovered that no, he’s not a vampire either, but has one skincare staple: sunscreen. “I am a big believer in sunscreen,” he said. “I’m not one for tanning. I used to be, back when I was rocking the Depeche Mode look. Honestly, I wear sunscreen not to prevent wrinkles but because I don’t want to get skin cancer.” [InStyle]

Which scents are spritz-worthy? The Fragrance Foundation has named the finalists for its annual awards ceremony where the organization will unveil who is truly top shelf on June 17. With nominees like Victoria’s Secret Scandalous, Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford Velvet Orchid on the ballot, it’ll be tough to choose an amazing aroma! [WWD]

Sharing is caring…but not when it comes to your beauty tools. Sharing dirty brushes amongst friends resulted in a young mother in Australia possibly never being able to walk again. Jo Gilchrist believes she contracted MRSA after borrowing a brush to hide a pimple, but the infection quickly spread to her spine, leaving her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Keep it clean, kittens. [Pop Sugar]

Move over, Marilyn Monroe; AlbertoVO5 is searching for its spot on Hollywood Boulevard. In honor of its 60-year anniversary, the brand has set up a petition to receive a star on the walk of fame. The brand has been a part of Hollywood since 1955 where its conditioning treatments were used to touch up the tresses of the industry’s biggest stars. You can help by signing the petition at the brand’s Facebook Page and spread the word with the hashtag #VO5is60. [Glam Inbox]

L’Oréal Paris want to know: are you worth it? The brand is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Women of Worth with a call for women across the U.S. who are making a beautiful difference in their communities. L’Oréal will accept nominations for the next 10 honorees through May 15at WomenofWorth.com. Plus you can celebrate those who inspire you with the brand’s Women of Worth Wednesday by simply tagging your snap with the hashtag #WomenofWorth. [Glam Inbox]

The Five Best Foods to Improve Your Skin

By  April 06, 2015

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You are what you eat. The phrase not only applies to overall health, but also to the way our skin looks and feels. With spring-cleaning at the top of our to-do list, the “out with the old, in with the new” philosophy can be applied everywhere from our wardrobe to our vanities to our refrigerators. Glam got to learn first-hand how the the foods we eat can contribute to our skin’s health from celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who noted that ingredients like apple in Burt’s Bees new Renewal Skincare collection, could deeply hydrate and plump up skin cells to reduce the look of lines. We also got the scoop from the The Beauty Detox Power author on how to update our grocery list to include the skin care essentials we can find in each aisle.

In Memory of Dr. Fredric Brandt

By  April 05, 2015

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Dr. Fredric Brandt, innovative cosmetic dermatologist to the stars, passed away April 5 in Miami at the age of 65 of an unknown illness.

Born in New Jersey, Dr. Brandt began his career as a cancer researcher at Sloan-Kettering with a focus on leukemia. The dynamic dermatologist was a pioneer in the use of natural antioxidants to fight free radicals, leading him to delve deeper into its effects and found that green tea could battle against premature aging. The find helped create the base of his eponymous skincare brand. He was also a leader in injectables like Restalyne, fillers, botullinum toxins, as well as lasers for in-office procedures. Dr. Brandt became an icon in the beauty industry, preserving the youthful look of stars like Madonna, Kelly Ripa, Stephanie Seymour, and many more, as well as providing skincare solutions via his Sirius XM radio show.

Dr. Brandt’s publicist Jacquie Tractenberg informed Page Six of his passing, stating, “He passed away this morning. He was suffering from an illness. Everyone who knows him is devastated. I worked with him for over 20 years and he was an amazing man, not only was he a brilliant doctor, but he was the kindest human being.”

He will be deeply missed by those in the industry, but Dr. Brandt’s immense talent and innovative thinking that revolutionized skincare will not be forgotten.

Beauty Buzz: Bite Beauty Gets Buttery, Lilah B. Crafts Conscious Cosmetics, and CEW and QVC Provide Beauty with Benefits

By  April 03, 2015

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Forget the waxy lipsticks of the past; Bite Beauty has a fresh formula that’s a cut above the rest. Don’t let the flat tops fool you, the new Butter Cream Lipsticks are created using a technique called hand-cutting that gives you the texture and color payoff you’ll adore. According to Bite Beauty founder Susanne Langmuir, “In a typical lipstick, the protective waxes migrate to the outer layer. Using this new hand-cut technique, the inner creamy core is exposed allowing you to reach that luxurious texture, rather than the protective waxes.” [InStyle]

For Lilah B.’s founder Cheryl Yannotti Foland, a move to the West Coast not only cleaned up her lifestyle but her beauty routine as well. The result was a new luxury beauty brand that focus on packaging, formulation, and functionality with an emphasis on healthy beauty. The brand’s lip and cheek duo has become a favorite of beauty editors thanks to the fresh formulations and stone-inspired shapes. “Women can’t put them down,” said Foland. “I wanted to achieve this very substantial, beautiful component that woman would covet. You pick them up, touch them, hold them and maybe collect them.” [WWD]

As the CEW announces the finalists of its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, the organization is helping others with QVC. Both brands will come together on April 15 at 10:00 p.m. for its third annual Beauty with Benefits special to give beauty buffs major deals on prestige products from the likes of Laura Mercier, Clinique, Laura Geller, and many more. 80 percent of the purchase price will be donated to Cancer and Careers, a charity that empowers people living and working with the disease. We can never say no when beauty gives back! [Glam Inbox]

Benefit has been battling big pores for years, but now it has a new weapon in its arsenal: License to Blot. The stick uses invisible blotting spheres to mattify shine and minimizes the look of pores for a flawless face – perfect for makeup mavens with oily skin. With summer on its way, we’ll be sticking close to this makeup must! [Glam Inbox]

Coachella’s around the corner, and Flash Tattoos wants to add some color to accent your festival ensembles. The brand has linked up with the Rainforest Partnership, which finds solutions for deforestation, to create a set inspired by the rainforest. Th Ilia set will not only introduce color to the collection of molten metallics, but will also provide 5% of the proceeds to benefit the organization! [Glam Inbox]

Cara Delevingne Moves to Her Own Drummer for YSL

By  April 03, 2015

Cara Delevingne’s dominated the runway and is slated to the silver screen on fire this year, but she’s not done yet. The bold-browed beauty is showing off more of her music prowess for YSL.

In the clip, the mega model walks town a lighted stairway, touching up her look with the brand’s iconic Touche Éclat. She then uses the tube to play an epic drum solo before tossing the tube like a drumstick – talk about rock star status! But this isn’t the first time she’s had her musical chops on display, as she recently shared a duet with Pharrell for Chanel’s Metiers D’Art short film. 

With her own album in the works amongst all of her other projects, is there anything she’s not good at?

Get in the Know with a Few of Jamie Chung’s Favorite Things for Spring

By  April 03, 2015

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As a New York Fashion Week front row fixture, Jamie Chung knows what’s going to be big this season and beyond. And as hemlines are getting shorter for spring and summer, the What the Chung? blogger wanted to ensure everyone’s skin looked silky before stepping out. The style star sat down a group of beauty editors this week to spill her list of major must-haves you have to nab now.

Why Won’t Kristen Bell Wash Her Face for a Week?

By  April 02, 2015

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We know how important it is to wash your face daily, but Kristen Bell plans on skipping the essential skincare step for a week – for a good cause.

The Frozen star will swap out her cleanser and water for Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes for the brand’s new #WipeforWater conservation campaign in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. While the challenge seems a little lazy when it comes to her beauty routine, it helps bring the issue to light, especially since California is experiencing a serious drought this season. “I think people inadvertently consider water a never-ending resource, and the goal behind the campaign is just to enlighten people that hopefully — not anytime soon — but one day, we will have to start thinking about our water conservation, because it’s not an endless resource,” Bell told People.

The average U.S. household wastes about 10,000 gallons of water every year. But you can join the effort yourself by making a pledge to cleanse you face without water (preferable with a wipe), and the brand will then donate 1$ to the Nature Conservancy, up to $50,000. Plus, you have the flexibility of just pledging for a day or even up to a week like Bell to help the non-profit. “It’s a fun way to engage people, but The Nature Conservancy does really great work protecting ecologically important land,” she said.

What a way to kick off Earth Month!

Watch the clip below:

La Roche Posay Is Seeing Spots This Summer

By  April 02, 2015

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La Roche-Posay wants you to stay safe this summer by ensuring you stay on top of your spots.

With almost 5 million people being treated for skin cancer in the U.S. yearly and just 18% of people getting their moles checked by a dermatologist once a year, the brand wanted to provide a reminder for many to inspect their skin. La Roche-Posay is calling for people to look out for beauty marks and moles all over the body with any irregularities by looking to spot experts: Dalmatians. “Knowing if you are at risk is critical in skin-cancer prevention and education; early detection and protection make a difference,” the brand said in a statement. “With only 33 percent of those surveyed having urged others to check their moles, we still have a long way to go.”

The clip features the dogs the checking each other’s spots in lieu of showing humans stripping down and checking each other out. “It’s always a little delicate to show people undressed, looking at their skin,” BETC’s art director Jean-Michel Alirol, who worked on the campaign, told Women’s Wear Daily. “We preferred to show animals, and in this particular case we chose beloved Dalmatians.”

It’s all in an effort to change behavior and help those who may have the disease get tested and undergo treatment, as studies show 90% of skin cancers are curable if detected in time. Dermatologists recommend monitoring your moles using the ABCDE Method: A for asymmetry, for moles that aren’t round and have uneven color distribution at its center; B for border, if the mole has irregular or jagged edges; C for color, if the mole has several colors; D for Diameter, if the mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser; and E for evolution, if the mole quickly changes size, shape, thickness or color.

With plenty of fabulous formulas to choose from, there should be no excuse to not be safe in the sun this season and beyond.

Haven’t seen the video year? Check it out below: